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Review: Pardus Linux 2008  

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| Pardus is a rather interesting Linux distribution amongst a wide field of 
| many competitors.  It's unique in that, while it's designed for desktop 
| usage, it is funded and developed by the Scientific and Technological 
| Research Council of Turkey.  I don't know the reasons behind this, but I 
| suspect it was due to a need for a good quality Linux distribution for 
| Turkish speaking people.     


it's already being used by many in Turkey. The government funds it.


Pardus 2008 Review

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| Pardus 2008, to a green user, is your average desktop environment. Many of
| the gems of the system lie under the hood in utilities like TASMA and PiSi.
| It’s an easy system to get started with, but has some odd quirks such as
| PolicyKit problems and the somewhat hidden root account. In the end, it’s
| clear that a lot of effort went into making Pardus a usable desktop for
| anyone.


Pardus 2008 review

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| Pardus 2008 is everything I could of asked for it looks good, plays all my
| multimedia, it’s super-fast/stable and it’s so easy even a Mac OS X user
| could easily adapt to it. Pardus has taken over my linux partition at the
| moment I consider it the best distribution available at this time; I won’t
| switch distribution anytime soon perhaps I may use Pclinuxos 2008 for
| reviewing purposes but it’ll be hard to top pardus 2008.


Pardus 2008

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| After my review of do-it-yourself-Arch, I wanted to test a distro with a
| totally different philosophy, one that aims to give you a complete desktop
| system from the start. The problem was, I didn’t want to test Ubuntu,
| OpenSuse, Mandriva, Mint…those are too well known.
| [...]
| There’s no doubt that Pardus 2008 is one of the better Linux distributions
| out there. In the week I tested it I found not much wrong with the way it
| works, apart from an annoying tendency to forget some settings. It’s been
| reliable, stable, and relatively speedy. However, there is some work to be
| done before it can compete with the likes of Ubuntu, like providing an even
| more polished look, especially when it comes to the integration of GTK
| applications. It also needs better and more up-to-date documentation. Pardus
| is a very ambitious project, and so far, it doesn’t quite attain its goals
| just yet. I have no doubt however that it’s just a matter of time.
| In the meantime, it’s a viable alternative for anyone who isn’t satisfied
| with the offerings of the big-name distributions.


PCLinuxOS Mini ME 2008 - A Joy To Use

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| If you need a very easy to install, feature complete Linux distribution, do
| not look any further than PCLinuxOS. This gem of a distribution is an
| absolute joy to use.


Pardus 2008 : A testdrive

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| Pardus surprised me. Today it is listed as nr 49 on Distrowatch, but it
| deserves a place near or in the top-ten. It is a distro that has everything
| to become a major newcomer-friendly distro.
| It is a distro that I will use/propose (along with PCLinuxOS :-) ) when
| converting Windows Users to Linux, and the Dutch version is also very good
| (kudos to the Dutch translation team).


Pardus 2008 RC2

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| I love finding fault when reviewing products, services and software, so
| consider this my standing ovation to Pardus for being nigh on faultless.
| They've got a top notch operating system on their hands and I'm willing to
| say this might be one of the best releases of 2008.



Open source tour of Europe: Turkey

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| There are sporadic examples of Turkish open source projects. In August 2007
| Turkey’s Military Recruitment Division, which is part of the Ministry of
| Defense, announced that it was switching to Pardus Linux on all of its 4,500
| desktops and more than five hundred servers.
| Pardus is also being used by Turkish Radio and Television Supreme Council as
| part of its digital television archive and analysis project.
| Meanwhile CentOS is used along with Apache and MySQL to power Yerelnet, a web
| site designed to encourage collaboration between local governments. Other
| early adepter success stories include Manisa Health Directorate, Petrol-Is,
| and Neziroglu Motors, all of which are using Pardus Linux.
| While there are few examples of Turkish open source deployments to date there
| is reason to believe that may will be more in the future thanks to the fact
| that the Ministry of Education is teaching students to use and understand
| open source software as well as Windows as part of the IT curriculum.


Real answers to the question “Can you run your business on Linux and open

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| The first response was again very positive. “I have [a] connection with a
| number who do this and all reckon they have saved lots of money” he said.
| [...]
| He continued, “For the client OS migration, we are experiencing a large scale
| project for the Turkish Military now. 5.500 clients will migrate to Pardus (a
|                 ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| Turkish government-backed Linux distribution.)”
| He concluded with some words of advice to make a desktop Linux deployment be
| successful: “For the client, you need a usable distribution (Pardus, Kubuntu,
| Suse, etc) with support for Flash, Java, PDF files, and every imaginable
| multimedia format right out of the box. That is, if you install Linux with
| just clicking on next and these come. Then almost 99% of ordinary desktop
| users will be satisfied.”

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